Dr. Wilson Songa, Hon'ble Principal Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization & Enterprise Development at 18th Buildexpo Kenya 2015

Posted on : Wednesday , 15th July 2015

As the Chief Guest at the opening of the event, the minister took the opportunity to mention some core issues in increasing interaction and foreign collaborations using the platform Buildexpo provides." We need to create an environment to attract foreign investments. To achieve this, we need to build up the confidence of investors and provide them incentives " he emphasized.

" The ministry is working hard to establish special economic and free trade zones, industrial parks etc. to boost manufacturing capacity and infrastructure.
Policies to increase local competitiveness by creating a friendly atmosphere for Small & micro enterprises is a high priority for the ministry. ", he added.

Dr. Wilson was quite Impressed by the event that brought in over 300 foreign exhibitors and almost the entire local construction industry. He described the eminence of such international trade fairs that play a
huge role in overall growth of the country. He was appointed the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development in June, 2013. He holds the following qualifications; a BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi; MSc. in Crop Science from Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands and a PhD in Plant Pathology from University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Dr. Songa has an illustrious career and experience spanning over 17 years in the national agricultural research systems and 14 years in senior management and administration in various institutions in the agricultural sector at the national level while also representing Kenya in various capacities in Regional, African and international agriculture sector committees and fora.
He has worked with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) as a Senior Research Officer from 1981 to 1997, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) in various senior capacities rising to General Manager, Phytosanitary Services between 1998-2003, Chief Executive of the Pest Control Products Board (PCPB), in 2003, the Managing Director, Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA) between 2004 and 2005 and served as the Agriculture Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture from 2005 until his appointment as the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. Dr. Songa was the Chairman of the Agricultural Sector Coordination Unit (ASCU) Technical Committee from 2005 to 2013. He has 36 publications in refereed journals, technical reports and refereed conference proceedings.

By Sylvia Alvares, Media Coordinator, Expogroup Worldwide

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